Gary Lineker claims Harry Kane’s recent comments about a possible departure from Tottenham are completely ‘understandable’ and believes Manchester United could be one of the many clubs interested as they ‘desperately need’ a striker of his ilk.
Kane has established himself as one of the most prolific centre-forwards in Europe after scoring 181 goals in 278 appearances for Spurs but the 26-year-old is yet to win any silverware in north London and hinted at an imminent move during an Instagram Q&A with Jamie Redknapp at the weekend.
The England captain will assess the situation if Tottenham continue to struggle under Jose Mourinho’s management and insisted that he would not remain at the club ‘for the sake of it’ next season.
‘He’s a top class player; he’s one of the great strikers in world football and there’s bound to be a degree of frustration with the recent progress at Spurs.
‘It’s not easy; we’ve seen it with Arsenal that when you build a new ground it can slow down your development and that’s possibly happening with Tottenham.
‘He’s just being very honest, isn’t he. He’s saying that if they don’t go on to win things… because every player wants to win things in their career – I didn’t win too much myself but it would be unthinkable for a player of Harry Kane’s stature if he didn’t win anything in his entire career.
‘You can’t criticise him too much for having that view; he’s been at the club for a long time and he’s been brilliant and he might well stay there, they might possibly develop, but you’d say they’re four or five players short of certainly challenging for the title.’
Lineker sent a warning to Kane over a potential move away from the Premier League but talked up a switch to Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the hunt for a lethal hitman.
‘I don’t think he’ll be short of options. Possibly abroad, but it depends on him though,’ Lineker added.
‘There are a lot of players who feel a bit uncomfortable about going abroad. When I played for Barcelona, a number of players in those days used to go aboard, quite a few went to Italy, and generally the ones who were successful wanted to go there for the whole experience, and the ones that weren’t so successful perhaps just went for a few quid.
‘So you need to be the kind of person who wants to experience another county’s culture, etc. He needs to weigh it all up. There are obviously clubs in England that would have him.
‘You look at Manchester City with Sergio Aguero, who is 32 now, and Manchester United desperately need a centre-forward but then you look at Barcelona; Luis Suarez’s legs are going a little bit so they could be looking for a centre-forward, who knows.
‘Even at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is no spring chicken anymore. There will be one or two of the giants of world football that will be looking for a striker. Strikers are the most important thing in the game!’
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